The Vinicunca mountain is a natural attraction in Perú, perfect for a walk with friends and family, it is one of the most splendid places on the way to the Ausangate apu, a road where you can see sumptuous high mountain panoramas and formidable glaciers. At present, the mountain of 7 Colors or Rainbow is visited by more than 1200 people per day just to enjoy the beautiful coloration and the spectacular landscape that surrounds it. This natural wonder is located in Cusco, in the province of Canchis, district of Pitumarca at about 5,200 m.a.s.l. What are you waiting for? Live one of the experiences that you will never forget.
In this Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco we will visit one of the new natural attractions of Cusco “The mountain of 7 colors”. The tour starts early in the morning, we will pass by your hotel in Cusco between 04:00 and 04:30 am. To travel by car for approximately two hours to the south, until we reach the district of Cusipata – Paucarpata where we can have breakfast, then we will travel by car 1 hour more until we reach the checkpoint and start the walk, the walk will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, we will observe the typical flora and fauna of the Andes, among which the presence of Llamas and Alpacas stands out, upon reaching the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Montaña de Colores (5080 masl.) our guide will give us an explanation about the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain, we can also take advantage of the moment to take photos of the memory and admire the beautiful landscape, then we will return along the same path to the point where we started the walk (Llaqto) where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusipata, where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch we will start the return trip to the city of Cusco, arriving between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. The last stop will be near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
Known by the locals as Cerro Colorado Cusco, the Rainbow Mountain “Vinicunca” shows us a wonderful landscape beauty.
It is a geological formation that, thanks to the different minerals, shows us different shades of colors.
The area is little explored and not very well known so you can visit it with all your explorer spirit.
This hike will please all demanding tastes of nature.
You will take away fond memories and views of unique panoramas of this colorful mountain.
You will also be able to appreciate the South American camelids in their natural habitat and how the inhabitants of the area still maintain their ancestral customs and traditions.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
- Tourist transport Cusco – (starting point of the trek to Vinicunca the mountain of colors).
- Entrance ticket to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
- Guide in Spanish and English.
- 01 Breakfast.
- 01 Buffet lunch.
- Oxygen balloon.
- First aid kit.
THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Services not described in the program.
- Horses (Optional: S / 100 soles).
What to take to Vinicunca the Mountain of 7 colors?
- Poncho in case of rain.
- Cap, hat, gloves, sunglasses.
- Bottle with water.
- Windbreaker, trekking pants.
- Snacks, camera, documents, extra money.
Is the Rainbow Mountain Trek difficult?
Two years ago it was very difficult but not impossible to get to the Rainbow Mountain, the trekking was double or perhaps triple what it is today, today we take much less time to get to Vinicunca, but even so, it seems very Long the route or you think you cannot walk there, you can choose the option of renting a horse, the prices are S / 100 soles to USD 33 US dollars.
Where is the Rainbow Mountain?
Location Vinicunca is located in the district of Pitumarca, in the Canchis province, very close to the snowy Ausangate (Sacred Mountain). Its high Andean area is surrounded by camelids such as alpacas and vicuñas.
What does Vinicunca mean?
Original name of the Vinicunca Mountain or Mountain of the 7 Colors is “Winikunca” original name of two Quechua words “Wini” “Kunca”, each of the words have a meaning, “Wini” comes from “Wini rumi” “black stone “Because of the black stones that abound in the area,” Kunca “means Neck, because of the narrow hill that resembles a neck. The settlers say that in the past it was called” Qolla Ñan “which means” Qolla path “(merchants come from the highlands). Its coloring is natural and due to the large amount of sedimentary stones in erosion, what makes it so beautiful and impressive is how these wonderful stones are formed to give it the appearance of a rainbow (Mountain of 7 colors). Among the colors are: red, purple, pink, yellow green among others.
How high is the mountain of 7 colors?
The Mountain of 7 Colors (Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca) is located at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level. For this we need to acclimatize for at least one day in the city of Cusco to be able to be well in Vinicunca the Rainbow Mountain.
Is it possible to suffer from altitude sickness?
It is an issue which worries many travelers before reaching cities or high places, such as Cusco, which is located at 3350 meters above sea level. Well, yes, if you can suffer from altitude sickness, for which it is always advisable to acclimatize before visiting Vinicunca the Mountain of Colors.
What attractions will we visit on Rainbow Mountain Trek?
On this tour we can enjoy the wonderful Mountain of Colors (Vinicunca), and also the beautiful landscapes that we will observe on the way to this attraction.
When is it better to go?
That will depend a lot on what climate you like. In the city of Cusco we have the dry season and the rainy season. The vast majority like the dry season, because there is no rain and the days look more beautiful. And a smaller amount during the rainy season.
Here comes the advantage of traveling in the rainy season, not only in the Rainbow Mountain you will find fewer people to take the best photos, but in most of the attractions.
What clothes to wear?
The most recommended thing is to bring a jacket, a waterproof jacket, in case it rains on our day of the tour also to be able to shelter ourselves in case it is cold, trekking shoes, cap.
What is the tour about?
On this tour we will visit the Rainbow Mountain, which includes breakfast and lunch.
How long does it take?
The tour is a full day, which starts from 04:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Who can live this adventure?
This adventure can be lived by people with a good physique, people who cannot walk a lot can rent a horse. People who are pregnant cannot take the tour.
When and where to hire the tour?
It is advisable to book the tour in advance to ensure our space, since it is a tour with a lot of demand or if you wish you can hire it in the city of Cusco at our office.